Another week, another bunch of album preview streaming on the internet. If, like us, you were out a little too late last night celebrating the Mavs beating the Heat, then you’ll most likely be in the market for the gentle sounds of the new Bon Iver album (although perhaps not for his Bruce Hornsby moment). There’s also a Deerhunter live album, a killer full-length debut from Com Truise, and new records from Sons and Daughters and Jill Scott to be heard. And a bonus for Beatles fans. Click through to get a piece of the the action. … Read More
1. The new self-titled Bon Iver album, which isn’t officially due out until June 21st, is currently streaming online. Justin Vernon has said that “Beth/Rest” is his favorite song on the LP because, “It’s definitely the part where you pick up your joint and re-light it.” What’s yours?
2. That girl… Read More
Summer always demands a fresh and diverse batch of music: pop hits to blast out your window on a beautiful day, dance music for long, sweaty nights of partying, and hazy, psychedelic stuff for hot, idle afternoons. Luckily, the next few months are packed with exciting releases in all three categories, with new records by everyone from Cults to Beyoncé to “Weird Al” Yankovic. Our 15 most anticipated albums of June through August are after the jump. Add yours in the comments. … Read More
Another week, another round of grabby new tracks for us to hand over to you, dear Flavorpill readers. This week we have Bon Iver’s haunting new number “Calgary,” Makin Frienz’s jittery “Situation,” and a new installment from the too-long-reclusive Ladytron. Dig on in, and remember to right click + “Save As” to download each track or follow the link to download the whole mix at the bottom of the post. … Read More
1. In case you’re curious as to what happens in Oprah’s second and third final shows, The Hollywood Reporter was part of the 20,000-person, celebrity-filled crowd at yesterday’s four-hour taping, and has a detailed record of the entire thing (which includes Aretha Franklin performing “Amazing Grace”!). The episodes will air on May 23rd… Read More
Over the weekend the music editors at The Guardian published a list of their favorite UK indie labels. Their great selection includes Rough Trade, Creation, Mute, and many more. Never averse to borrowing an idea we like, we thought we’d do the same for our favorite US-based indies. Of course, given the robust health of the US indie scene -– and the fact that, like The Guardian, we decided to constrain ourselves to 10 selections -– meant that we had leave a fair few out. So go on, tell us in the comments section who we’ve missed. Just try not to get too emotional about it, eh? … Read More
1. Both the album art and tracklisting for Lady Gaga’s Born This Way album have surfaced online. Although her publicist hasn’t confirmed anything yet, the images suggest that there are 14 songs, with the title track as the album’s opening song. [via NME]
2. Zach Galifianakis has signed a first-look deal… Read More
Lithuania-based The Love Agency has created an homage to ten love songs of the indie persuasion with human-sized posters of the highest caliber. The project includes the likes of Belle & Sebastian, Phoenix, and Bon Iver (just to name a few), so it’s really no surprise that they were all auctioned off for a king’s ransom. Check them all out, especially our favorite, which was inspired by Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Maps,” after the jump, and keep your fingers crossed for a second edition. … Read More
Taking an orchestral approach to the art of the cover, Peter Gabriel’s Scratch My Back finds the musical icon tackling tracks by everyone from Lou Reed to Bon Iver.
Gabriel’s lush takes add a melancholy edge to formerly upbeat numbers like Bowie’s “Heroes,” while spinning darker songs, such as Radiohead’s “Street Spirit” and Arcade Fire’s “My Body Is a Cage,” into more minimal reflections on existence. The album’s title references Gabriel’s intention to have each artist cover one of his own songs in exchange; so far, Paul Simon and the Magnetic Fields have already returned the favor. … Read More